The City has found a development team to redevelop the Broadway Barns at 195 Broadway, a Public Works facility located just east of Michigan Avenue. A team led by Silo City developer Anthony Ceroy of Nysko Development, Danielle Shainbrown and Nicole Komen of Bellweather Advisors, Hallmark Planning and Development, and Carmina Wood Design have been selected to take on the project which will include commercial, recreation and residential space.
According to The Buffalo News, the proposal beat out one other bidder for the site. The public works garage occupies a 4.67-acre parcel that fronts both Broadway and William Street and includes 181,150 sq.ft. of space. Originally known as the Broadway Arsenal and then the Broadway Auditorium, the building has historical significance within the community as a former sporting venue. It is considered one of the oldest surviving buildings in the country to have hosted professional hockey.
Under plans prepared by Carmina Wood Design, the facility will return to its roots with the existing building along Broadway converted to a sports complex and a U-shaped residential building in the back along William Street. Two indoor sports fields for both youth and adult play will occupy the cavernous barn section with administrative offices and a café fronting Broadway and a smaller training field, cross-fit gym and community space in the center of the block.
Along William Street, a four-story, U-shaped building with an interior courtyard and indoor parking is planned along with approximately 130 affordable residential units including two-level townhouses topped by two floors of apartments. A neighborhood restaurant and other retail space would be located on the first floor along William Street.
Construction cannot begin until Public Works operations are relocated. The City also issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to establish a combined DPW Campus to replace the Barns and other scattered facilities. The City is still reviewing proposals for that project. Once the facility is vacated in late-2024, the redevelopment project is expected to take two years to construct.
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